We love working with smaller fuel-distribution companies. They have unique personal dynamics. They bring many years of experience and knowledge to the table. For decades they have operated in their own sphere of influence, quietly and relatively immune to downward economic cycles. Yet once the owners of these companies decide to pursue a sale, something emotional (and perhaps physiological) happens.
History repeats itself as grocery companies, drug stores, dollar stores, home-improvement stores, QSRs and barbecue restaurants continue to pursue the greener grass of convenience retailing and gasoline marketing.
Plunge in oil prices sets the stage for record margins and boost in in-store sales. Also In This Issue: Profitability skyrockets for top performers! Other channels seek to redefine convenience! The economy enters a new stage. The growing health-and-wellness trend. Fuel demand; oil's slide; multicultural momentum; and data, data, data!